Meet Our Pastor

Bishop Dwayne D. Royster is the Senior Pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in the North Michigan Park Section of Washington, DC. He is a native of Philadelphia, PA but now resides in the Greater Washington, DC area. In addition to his role at Faith Church, he is the National Political Director of Faith in Action. Faith in Action is the nation’s largest faith-based organizing movement committed to racial and economic justice with 40+ federations in 22 States and 5 Countries

Bishop Royster is a voice for justice for and with those most marginalized in our society.  He collaborates with those that are experiencing oppression because of their race, nationality, socio-economic level, gender, gender orientation, and identity as well as faith.  He not only stands with those marginalized but works to end systemic oppression and racism through the transformation of public policy and laws that govern this nation.  He believes that all are created in the image and likeness of God, Bishop Royster believes that it is imperative that a prophetic faith voice is heard in the halls of power calling for the equity and respect of the moral value of every human life.

The Bishop has served in pastoral ministries for 26+ years at the following Churches: Faith United Church of Christ (Pastor); Living Water United Church of Christ (Founder and Senior Pastor); Mid-Town Parish UMC (Pastor); Way of Life Ministries Mennonite Church (Church Planter and Pastor); Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church (Staff Minister) and Camphor Memorial UMC (Associate Pastor).   Bishop Royster was previously the Executive Director of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) the Faith in Action federation in Philadelphia, PA., as well as served at a Councilperson at Large for the Municipality of Norristown, PA.

Bishop Royster has served the United Church of Christ in the following capacities: United Church of Christ Board of Directors (2013-2017); UCC Executive Committee (2016-2017); Penn Southeast Conference Consistory (2008-2012); Philadelphia Association Executive Committee (2008-2012);Philadelphia Association Committee on Ministry (2010-2014) and Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice Board (2010-2014). 

Bishop Royster is an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ as well as Higher Ground Christian Fellowship International.  He was consecrated a Bishop by Higher Ground Christian Fellowship in 2007 and serves as the Assistant Presiding Bishop.  In addition, Bishop Royster and clergy from across the nation have found a new ecumenical religious order, “The Society for Faith and Justice.”  The Society has a charism of social justice as a spiritual discipline and spiritual practice. 

He hosts a weekly radio program with Amadee Braxton called “Solutions,” on WURD radio ( 96.1 FM and 900 AM, every Friday Evening.  Bishop Royster has been featured in articles in the Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Magazine, New York Times, RT Today, Fox News, Religion and Ethics Weekly (PBS), ThinkProgress, Huffington Post, Fresh Air (PBS), Voice of America, Washington Post, The Washington Informer and many other outlets.

The Bishop is a graduate of Center for Urban Theological Studies (Geneva College) with a B.S. in Urban Ministry Management. In addition, Bishop Royster has studied at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia with a Master of Arts in Religion Degree with a specialization in the African American Church.

Bishop Royster is active on social media and can be found on his personal blog:   As well as on twitter @ddroyster.  Facebook @dwayne.royster and instagram @bishopdwayneroyster

Bishop Dwayne D. Royster is married to the lovely Suzette Royster and together they are the parents of two beautiful daughters.